Los Angeles Review of Books: A Past That Must Be Denied: Borges in Japan

JORGE LUIS BORGES’S first trip to Japan in 1979 was dedicated to the demons in his father’s library. Borges’s fascination with Japan began—like many of his fascinations—in English books owned by his psychologist father. He would visit Japan again in 1984. In 1988, Argentinian historian Guillermo Gasió collected articles, interviews, and lectures from Borges’s time […]

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Electric Literature: A Daughter Reclaims Her Mother’s Story From the Sensational Headlines About Her Murder

Electric Literature: A Daughter Reclaims Her Mother’s Story From the Sensational Headlines About Her Murder

When Kristine S. Ervin was eight years old, her mother, Kathy Sue Engle, was violently abducted from a shopping mall parking lot in Oklahoma and murdered. Though Ervin’s debut memoir, Rabbit Heart, does include an eventual resolution to the case in which Kyle Eckardt was convicted, the narrative is not categorizable as true crime, and […]

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Electric Literature: A Trip to the Underworld is a Rite of Passage for Young Women

Electric Literature: A Trip to the Underworld is a Rite of Passage for Young Women

In Fruit of the Dead, Rachel Lyon sets “a snare for the bloom-like girl.” This novel is a searing, imaginative retelling of Persephone, both memory and warning for any reader raised as a daughter, or parent to one. Cory Ansel—18, aimless, judged beautiful by all but herself—is ferried to the private island owned by Rolo, […]

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Electric Literature: In “Women! In! Peril!,” Defying Societal Norms Is an Act of Reclamation

Electric Literature: In “Women! In! Peril!,” Defying Societal Norms Is an Act of Reclamation

Jessie Ren Marshall lives on an off-the-grid farm on Hawai’i Island. Women! In! Peril!, her irreverent stories are, as the title suggests, about women of various guises facing messy, precarious situations. This partial list of protagonists is a good indicator of Marshall’s amplitude: an Asian sex robot trying to outlast her return policy, a lesbian […]

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Electric Literature: Emily Raboteau on Mothering in the Face of Climate Collapse

Electric Literature: Emily Raboteau on Mothering in the Face of Climate Collapse

Emily Raboteau’s essay collection Lessons for Survival: Mothering Against “The Apocalypse” opens in 2011, with the author on her way to a baby shower for her first child. While passing through Times Square, she spots a sign announcing that the world will end on her baby’s due date. She laughs it off, but as her […]

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Electric Literature: Transformative Solidarity Can Empower Ordinary People in This Terrible Time

Electric Literature: Transformative Solidarity Can Empower Ordinary People in This Terrible Time

“Impediments to unity are so common and copious,” write Leah Hunt-Hendrix and Astra Taylor, “they appear as an ordinary, even intractable, aspect of life.” But for the authors of the new book Solidarity: The Past, Present, and Future of a World-Changing Idea, division is not some spontaneous or natural thing. Rather, it requires the strategic […]

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LITAFFIN: „In einem Roman gibt es keine Grenzen, nichts ist unmöglich“

LITAFFIN: „In einem Roman gibt es keine Grenzen, nichts ist unmöglich“

Multitalent Laetitia Colombani arbeitete lange Zeit als Schauspielerin, Regisseurin und Drehbuchautorin, bis sie mit Anfang vierzig ihren ersten Roman La Tresse (dt. Titel Der Zopf) schrieb. Ihr Debüt erzählt die Geschichte dreier Frauen, die in Indien, Italien und Kanada ihren eigenen Kampf für ein selbstbestimmtes und selbst gewähltes Leben führen. Während Colombani sich in den […]

Der Beitrag „In einem Roman gibt es keine Grenzen, nichts ist unmöglich“ erschien zuerst auf LITAFFIN.

Electric Literature: In “Beautyland,” An Italian American Extraterrestrial in Philly is Humanity’s Sharpest Scribe

Electric Literature: In “Beautyland,” An Italian American Extraterrestrial in Philly is Humanity’s Sharpest Scribe

“When you say ‘departure,’ what does that mean?” Marie-Helene Bertino asks me.  This question launches our conversation about her new novel, Beautyland. Given that the story opens with spaceship Voyager 1 leaving planet earth, it makes sense that the author is attentive to the semantics of “departure.” I’d used the word as I referenced Bertino’s […]

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